FACDL has customized an array of services to provide the training, contacts, resources and information you need in your profession. As a member you will have the opportunity to broaden your network and seek professional recognition. You'll be supported by a dedicated, experienced staff. That level of support is why FACDL is the leading statewide association exclusively serving the comprehensive needs of the criminal defense bar.

"It would be impossible for me to overstate the importance of FACDL in my career. I was fortunate to have participated in its formation, and from the begining FACDL provided a forum for me to meet with, and learn from, the best criminal defense lawyers in the state. Over the years those lawyers have been extremely generous with their time and advice and many have become very close friends. We have raised families together and fought battles together. They have enriched my life considerably. FACDL will enrich your life too."

-Donnie Murrell, FACDL Past President

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If you have difficulty renewing or have questions, call 850.385.5080.

Membership dues are based on year of admission to The Florida Bar and run the fiscal year of January 1 to December 31st. Renewals are not prorated.  Only new members joining subsequent to the fall board meeting will extend membership into the following fiscal year.

Regular Membership in FACDL is available to private practitioners and public defenders who are members of The Florida Bar, actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases. Regular membership is also available to Federal Public Defenders and Assistant Public Defenders who are members in good standing of another state Bar, and who are actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases in Florida.

Membership Pricing

Life Membership: New Life Membership Tiers for 2023 forward will be:

  • Bronze $5,000 payable in minimum installments of $500 per year (Life members prior to the start of the new tiers will be provided the Bronze level regardless of required total payment required as long as they are current on payments.)
  • Silver $10,000 payable in minimum installments of $1,000 per year
  • Gold $20,000 payable in minimum installments of $2,500 per year

If you would like to become a lifetime member of FACDL, please call FACDL headquarters at 850/385-5080

Private Attorney: Public Defender:
0-3 years since admission to The Florida Bar $50.00 0-3 years since admission to The Florida Bar $35.00
4-6 years since admission to The Florida Bar $125.00 4-9 years since admission to The Florida Bar $50.00
7-9 years since admission to The Florida Bar $150.00 10+ years since admission to The Florida Bar $95.00
10+ years since admission to The Florida Bar $225.00  Emeritus- Call FACDL at 850-385-5080                                  $50.00
Student: $15.00 Affiliate: $225.00


Being a FACDL Member

Continuing Legal Education Seminars

Gain the professional edge by attending our specialized criminal defense seminars. These seminars will provide you with the tools you need to enhance your courtroom strategies.

  • Hear award-winning, nationally known speakers on the cutting-edge of 
    their field.
  • Our topics include DUI, Death Penalty and Federal Sentencing.
  • Earn the total CLE credits required by The Florida Bar.
  • Receive free webinars and discounted seminar registration.
  • Course materials from past seminars are available for full CLE credit.

The Florida Defender Magazine

Expand your knowledge by reading about landmark cases within the forum of the FACDL’s magazine, The Florida Defender.

  • The Florida Defender publishes articles authored by the movers and shakers in Criminal Defense.
  • The latest developments that directly impact the criminal defense bar can be found here.

Networking (Face-to-Face and Online)

As a member of the FACDL, you have the opportunity to tap into a network of over 2,000 criminal defense lawyers.

  • Find out what’s working in other counties across the state.
  • Ask a fellow member about an obscure case.
  • Reach out to others with your expertise.
  • Keep up with the latest case law.

With the many resources made available exclusively to our members (i.e. membership directory, networking opportunities at our seminars, etc.), along with our friendly and helpful office staff, the networking possibilities are endless. 


Notice - Dues paid to the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers are deductible as an ordinary and necessary expense.  Dues which are expended for lobbying purposes are not deductible.  It is estimated that 40% of the dues are not deductible.

From time to time, FACDL has made charitable contributions to other non-profit groups who also seek to advance the practice of criminal defense or otherwise assist persons facing deprivation of life or liberty. FACDL has established a special account to fund these requests. If you would like to donate to this fund, please contact the FACDL office for assistance.